While we may live in a digital age full of screens, physical printing is still a huge part of Creative Ministry. Just as we pour our energy into making our video look great, it’s super important that our printed materials are done in excellence as well. It speaks volumes when people can hold a well-designed printed piece in their hands and take it home with them.

While there are some cases where printing materials in-house will suffice, your best bet for great looking prints will come through using a professional printshop.

Here are the companies I use for all of my print work:

Paper Materials:

hym-bulletin-mockupNextDayFlyers.com – These guys are my #1 online vendor for printing. I’ve had over 100 orders with them and they’ve never let me down. I recommend their business cards, postcards, brochures, and posters. (Tip: Use their 2-4 day option for big savings.) Check them out here.

OvernightPrints.com – While I haven’t used them quite as much as Next Day Flyers, they’ve been good to us in the times we have used them. I recommend their booklets, mini-business cards, and postcards. (Tip: They offer Spot UV for free!) Check them out here.

PSPrint.com – These guys are awesome for custom orders. I’ve ordered custom sized visitor cards from them and everything I’ve ever done with perforated edges. (Tip: It’s easiest to give them a call for custom printing.) Check them out here.

The Printery – This is a local printer that is located less that 10 minutes from my house. We use them quite a bit at our church because it’s easy to drop by and dream up creative projects with their designers. I highly recommend developing a relationship with a printer that’s local to you. While they might cost a little more than online printers, there is great value in having someone close (especially for rush jobs).

Banners/Signs:

sign_drNextDayFlyers.com – These guys have some of the cheapest banners that you’ll find online, while maintaining great quality. I recommend their large vinyl banners and their retractable banner stands. (Tip: You can get a 10×5 banner for only $137.95!) Check them out here.

Displays2Go.com – We’ve been using this company for all of our signs and flags for our church plant. They have the best selection online and their prices are really great. They are also really good for general sign supplies. (Tip: Order in bulk for best prices.) Check them out here.

VistaPrint.com – While they haven’t always had the best reputation, we’ve recently placed two orders of their yard signs and they’ve had great customer service. We use these signs for directional arrows at our events. They have the best price that I could find online and the quality is great. (Tip: Opt out of their cumbersome fiberglass stakes and order a set of these for the same price.) Check them out here.

Apparel:

nsdribbbleRealthread.com – This company is new to me, but they’ve been really great in my first few orders. These are A+ quality t-shirts with top of the line printing, so expect to pay a little more. But, you can be confident that you’re getting a shirt that will become one of your favorites. Check them out here.

CentralScreenPrinting.com – I’ve ordered t-shirts from these guys almost 30 times. If you are looking for a super-affordable option for screen printing, this is the company for you. They are really great folks, but keep in mind that these are cheaper shirts. I always say this is my B+ option. They are perfect for large events and youth groups. (Tip: Give them a call for the best prices and ask for their church discount.) Check them out here.

Promotional Products:

bulletin1_drQualityLogoProducts.com – I’ve used this company several times for items such as pens, Sharpies, tote bags, and mini-frisbees. They have some of the best prices online and have always given me great customer service. Check them out here.

24HourWristbands.com – This is a new company to me, but they have already gone out of their way to take care of our needs and given us excellent customer service. They have some of the cheapest wristbands that you’ll find online and will accept custom artwork when ordering over the phone. Check them out here.

 

For all of these vendors, always be sure to look online for discount codes or simply ask them for a discount. Out of all of these, we’ve only paid full price with Real Thread.

Who do you use for your printing? Let us know in the comments below!

19 Comments

  • Duncan Campbell says:

    JakPrints.com for paper, stickers, other print media.
    Amb3r.com for tees and hoodies. TREMENDOUS company and products designed and made by people who get it.

  • Rod Kesselring (@rkesselring) says:

    My go to have been GotPrint.net. Almost every standard print job i do goes through them. Qality is to notch and prices are even better than nextday. Also Banners and Stickers I use BannersInVinyl.com Never seen anyone match their prices or turnaround. Just a couple for you to check out :)

  • gene says:

    +1 for gotprint.

    also for psprint. be sure you take advantage of their low price guarantee: http://www.psprint.com/low_price_guarantee.asp

    for shirts, there’s a really interesting company we’ve used 3 or 4 times called inktothepeople.com.

    they allow you to either order traditionally, or you can crowdsource your shirt order. meaning, you do up your design, pick from one of their many shirt styles, set your own price and then allow people to order the shirt themselves with no cost to you.

    we’ve used them twice for traditional orders and twice for crowdsourced orders. what’s great is that you can try out a design without having to go out of pocket. if people want it, they’ll order it. if they don’t, you’re not out hundreds of dollars for a bunch of shirts no one is buying.

    prices are really good, especially if you order more than 20 shirts. print quality is excellent too.

    thanks for the post.

  • Binky says:

    THANKS FOR THESE!!
    I am also a Gotprint.net fan. I use them for all my print needs. I used to use stickersandmore.com for stickers and apparel, but the quality has recently gone down hill and am in the market for a new company. I went through Jedidiah for a shirt order, but for less than 500 pieces, it doesn’t make sense to use them again. I am making an order with ink brigade.com for a summer event off of a recommendation. I hope it works out!

    • Kendall Conner says:

      I’m going to have to try Got Print since so many people have recommended them. Let me know how Ink Brigade works for you!

  • With some of the praise for Got Print, let me add some realistic expectations with them. We’ve used them for a number of things and still do on occasion. Where I have found Got Print less than excellent is two fold:

    1) They have horrible customer service. I’ve called them on a number of occasions for different things and I always am met with excuses.

    2) Their turn around time can be really poor. We recently did some door hangers with them and it took 15 days from the point of ordering to receiving them. They are super slow!

    That being said, everything we have gotten from them looks good, but #1 and #2 apply.

    • Kendall Conner says:

      Thanks for this, Greg! It helps to hear that side, too!
      For both of these reasons, I’ve really grown to love our local printer more and more.

  • Dave says:

    Hey Kendall, Have you any recommendation for us fellows up in Canada?

  • ??????????? says:

    Hi there! Quick question that’s totally off topic.
    Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?

    My web site looks weird when viewing from my iphone4.
    I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to correct this issue.
    If you have any recommendations, please share.
    Thanks!

    • Kendall Conner says:

      I know there are some WordPress plugins, but I couldn’t recommend a specific one. Most new themes come with it built in.

  • Mary says:

    Definitely check out radiantprinting.com. Amazing customer service. They totally understand churches and hooked us up with a great package price for everything we needed.

  • I order form ooshirts.com for all for our event tshirt needs. Quality or shirts and printing is pretty darn good- especially if you are ordering in bulk. and they offer free shipping as long as you order some time in advance.

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